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Journal posted on 07th March 2013 by Elizabeth

In this season’s H & M Magazine, I join celebrity stylist Angie Smith, denim guru Donna Ida, UK Glamour editor Jo Elvin, British Vogue fashion editor Francesca Burns, blogger and photographer Candice Lake and co founder of shoe brand Bionda Castana Natalia Barbieri to offer my tips on how to look after your knitwear.

How to take care of your favourite sweater, by ELIZABETH LAU, knitwear designer…

– Hand wash knitwear in cold water with a mild liquid detergent or shampoo. Yes, your own shampoo will work wonders!
– Modern washing machines have a gentle wool wash setting, which I also use. The cycle must never be hotter than 30 degrees.
– Never tumble-dry knitwear.
– Don’t hang knitted dresses or jumpers. It stretches the garment and distorts the shoulders.
– To store knitwear garments, fold them horizontally. The fold wrinkles will fall out more easily and quickly when worn, owing to gravity and the weight of the knit.
– Deter moths with lavender-scented drawer liners or dried lavender bags.

The full article is available online here.

Journal posted on 06th March 2013 by Elizabeth

These cookies are too cute not to share (and believe me, they were mighty tasty too)…

Personalised with my requested word “HAPPY”, Sam (Sam Is Home) and Sybil (The Style Voyager)’s home made cookies really are made with love!

They came simply wrapped in a page from a traditional Chinese calender tied with string, reflecting Sam’s zero wastage eco friendly ethos.

Journal posted on 06th March 2013 by Elizabeth

Erm…I LIKE fun knitwear, quirky trousers, spotty socks and big sunnies!

Elizabeth wears…
Left: Knitted blazer, Elizabeth Lau; T-shirt, COS; Stripey pants, Comme Des Garcons; Socks, Happy Socks; Necklace, Vintage; Sunglasses, Linda Farrow; Rosemary satchel bag, Mulberry; Plimsolls, Vans.
Right: Union Jack jumper, Elizabeth Lau AW12; Shirt, COS; Dogtooth trousers, Comme Des Garcons; Socks,Top Shop; Sunnies, 1960s Vintage; Shoes, Opening Ceremony x Adidas

Journal posted on 20th January 2013 by Elizabeth

LONDON – Queens Park Farmers Market

Fresh local organic produce, home baked cakes, freshly pressed apple juice, and did I mention cakes?
Being based near Portobello and Golbourne Road, we are spoilt for choice when it comes to fresh produce and sweet treats. One of the things I love about London is that we have so many farmers markets.

PROPER British cakes! Not the fiddly fancy 1 biters!

Artisanal wholesome breads…

Home made cider…

HONG KONG – Island East Markets, Tai Koo

The first of its kind in Hong Kong, you can expect to find fresh organic produce from local farmers, select foods and crafts at Island East Markets.

Please please open a store soon Anne! Sweet delights from private patissier Jouer
Macarons in oriental friendly flavours such as matcha and yuzu AND check out the genius presentation of their rice pudding with cinnamon pears!

After savouring Shanghainese pan fried crispy pork soup buns from The Dining Room, we have been to eat at their Causeway Bay restaurant 3 times to date!

Just my cup of Chinese tea…

Although I don’t drink coffee (since fainting after the 1st time I drank it), I adore the aroma of fresh quality coffee! The guys at Chaiwanese take their coffee very seriously.

Last but not least, Terence and Patty’s Kidinc‘s humourous tees certainly brought a smile to my face. Their Mr Men t-shirt series are super cute – Mister Karl, Lil’ Miss Gaga and Mister Jackson? Below left is Terence and below right is Patty.

Journal posted on 20th January 2013 by Elizabeth

Welcome to our neighbourhood, a constant source of inspiration not only to our design work but also to our home and tastebuds.

Our studio is situated in a little pocket of Westbourne Park, close to the antique and vintage stores and flea market on Golbourne Road, as well as the now listed Trellick Tower (below top left).

Below top right: traditional Morrocan tangine clay pots.

Les Couilles Du Chien cheekily translates as The Dog’s Bullocks! This is one of our favourite antique furniture haunts as there are always rare treasures waiting to be discovered.

One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. The flea market is always worth a rummage as you never know what you might find. I search for and collect vintage tea cups and saucers to plant succulents in.

A toy dog stroller in Ally Capellino and vintage buttons galore…

Wish I could find women’s sizes military garb!

A little peek into our cobbled mews studio…

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